Plane rack

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  • #127356
    Gary
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    I just finished this wall rack for my planes. It’s loosely based on Paul’s bookshelf. I moved the through mortised cross pieces to the rear to allow more clearance for taller planes. I used construction grade SPF and finished with clear shellac and wax, then hung it using a split cleat. Overall, it’s handy and was good practice on through mortise and tenons, as well as housing dados.

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  • #127361
    mike forbes
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    @forbeskm

    That came out very nice. I have that project on my list to build! How long did it take? The housing dados I could use some practice, well everything I could use some practice on.

    Boulder,CO http://mikeofallthings.com

    #127362
    Gary
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    @gary

    Mike, thanks for the kind words! It’s kind of hard to say how long it takes. I’m disabled and some days I feel like working several hours; other days I may only make it 15 minutes. Even with that bizarre schedule, I did most of it in 2-3 days. Not long really. The housing dados took the longest, but that’s why I like repetitive projects like this. With each housing dado or mortise, your confidence increases and you get better and better. It was the same with my tool chest. I believe each dovetail that I cut was better than the previous one! Back to the plane rack: to make the joinery easier and quicker, especially for the housing dados, try and insure when you are laying out that you won’t be chiseling and routing into knots (easier said than done, I know). Best of luck!

    #127365
    dborn
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    @dborn

    Very nice! The overall design is very pleasing! I could see a shelf like that in almost any room!

    Very nice shop too! I could only wish mine was half as neat and clean as yours!!

    #127366
    Brett aka Pheasantww
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    @pheasantww

    Gary, Very nice work and a good solution to storing the planes. Couple things you might consider:

    1) If the planes are in their normal position on the rack, glue down a small thin piece of wood at the front position of the plane. This will raise the front of the plane and raise the extended blade up off the rack.

    2) To make sure the planes do not vibrate off the rack and onto the floor, drill a hole in that small block and glue in a small magnet.

    Located in Honeoye Falls NY USA. The Finger Lakes region of Western NY.

    "If you give me 6 hours to fell a tree, I will take the first 4 to sharpen my axe" Abe Lincoln

    #127398
    Matt McGrane
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    @mattmcgrane

    Looks great, Gary. I like the plane collection, too. And those big wooden planes atop the other shelf looks nice, too.

    Can you tell me – did you reinforce the dado joints with screws because of the weight that the shelves would be holding? Or is it just glue?

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

    #127400
    Gary
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    @gary

    Hi Matt. I considered using screws, but with the housing dados and the through mortises, it turned out solid as a rock. When I loaded it with the planes, I listened for any telltale creaks that would signal stress, but not a sound. Time will tell!

    #127403
    chemical_cake
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    @chemical_cake

    As nobody’s said it yet: nice rack!

    It functions to store and display your planes well, and includes sensible design changes to accomodate your needs.

    Going back to what Matt said about screws, I would be inclined to put a couple each in the two housings holding the top – on which all the weight of the shelves hangs – just for peace of mind. Today it is solid but give it a few years of aging and the shock of planes being removed and put back several times a day and I might not be so confident. And if it fails it won’t be a few books getting folded pages, it will be all your planes hitting the floor. For the sake of four screws nobody will see, why take the risk?

    Your workshop looks perfect by the way, I think I could enjoy just being there for a while without even using the tools.

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

    #127404
    Gary
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    @gary

    A misunderstanding on my part…. I thought Matt M. was just talking about screws through the side pieces going into the shelves. I did put four screws through the top and plugged the holes. I bought a set of those Hitachi plug cutters a while back after seeing Paul use them and they work great! You don’t even have to use a drill press like most plug cutters; my cordless drill driver works fine with them. Now back to the screw topic: do you guys think I should also put screws into the sides? All input and suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    #127406
    chemical_cake
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    @chemical_cake

    Ah, glad to hear it.

    I don’t think there’s any need for screws in the sides. In fact I would wager there’s enough mechanical strength there that gluing the mortise and tenons alone would have been sufficient.

    Matt

    Southampton, UK

    #127410
    Matt McGrane
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    @mattmcgrane

    Agreed. It is the top that will take the stress, so the sides should be good with glue.

    Matt, Northern California - Started a blog in 2016: http://tinyshopww.blogspot.com/

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